Winter mountaineering is the next step up from Winter Hillwalking
It can require a steady head, but gives an exceptional amount of freedom to roam and explore steeper terrain. Ledge Route on Ben Nevis or the Aonach Eagach Traverse are great examples of Mountaineering Routes possible...
EASY- Non technical ground using one axe
IDEAS- CMD Arete,Ben Nevis. Zig Zags,Gearr Aonach.
No 4 Gully, Ben Nevis
PREREQUISITES- Summer hillwalking . Summer Scrambling useful.
MODERATE- More exposed ground, longer routes. 2 Technical Axes required.
IDEAS-Dorsal Arete, Stob Coire Nan Lochan(II). Ledge Route, Ben Nevis (II). Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor((II/III)
PREREQUISITES- Experienced winter walker. Some rock climbing useful.
CHALLENGING- More commiting routes,with no easy escapes. 2 Technical Axes
IDEAS- Aonach Eagach Ridge (II/III). Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis (IV,3). North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor (IV,4)
PREREQUISITES- Experience of easier winter routes. Rock climbing background. Winter Skills Course recommended.
Guide to Client Ratio 1:2
This environment requires experience in Winter Hillwalking,including the use of Axe and Crampons, and Outdoor Rock Climbing. Having a Winter Skills Course "under your belt" is recommended.
Our article "Gearing Up for Winter" will be worth a read.
1 Day 2 Days
1 person £220 £410
2 people £240 £430
All winter mountaineering and climbing will be led by an MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate), which are qualified to guide and instruct on this terrain .
(Please note that your Personal Climbing Equipment is not included in the price of this course. Axes, boots and crampons can be hired)